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Community Energy Leadership Program (CELP)


The Community Energy Leadership Program (CELP) was established in 2015 to support local government and First Nations investments in energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Funding for CELP was established through the Province of British Columbia's Innovative Clean Energy Fund, through the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

The Community Energy Leadership Program is part of the Province’s CleanBC plan to help us all use more clean and renewable energy in how we get around, heat our homes, and fuel our industry — setting us on the path to a cleaner, brighter future.

Program Goals & Benefits

The main goals of the program are to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Increase energy efficiency
  • Stimulate economic activity in the clean energy sector
  • Support vibrant and resilient communities

CELP funding supports, encourages, and promotes:

  • New community energy partnerships, encouraging investments in small-scale, community-owned energy generation from sources such as biomass, biogas, geothermal heat and hydro, solar, ocean or wind power to offset community energy use
  • Energy efficiency through retrofits of community-owned buildings and related infrastructure
  • Community projects and industry partnerships that advance this growing sector of the provincial economy.

2019 Applications for Funding

The window for submitting Expression of Interest closed in May 2019, and short-listed applicants have been invited to submit a full application. Successful applicants will be notified in the fall.

To learn about projects previously funded and other details, see the Province of BC webpage on CELP.

Learn More

For more information, contact:

Jim Vanderwal, Senior Program Manager, Fraser Basin Council

E:  | T: 604-897-5350

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:

BuySmart Network:

BC Rural Network:

Rethinking our Water Ways:

ReTooling for Climate Change:

Climate Action Toolkit:

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351